Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Boris Johnson quits as UK's May faces mounting Brexit crisis

Boris Johnson quits as UK's May faces mounting Brexit crisis

Theresa May made the reshuffle after Mr Johnson sensationally quit the Cabinet in protest at her "third way" Brexit plans less than 24 hours after David Davis' resignation.

The letter by which Boris Johnson resigned as Foreign Secretary was pored over and dissected by political analysts and journalists, but for cycling campaigners there was one passage that jumped it, with the former Mayor of London claiming that European Union rules prevented him from introducing safer lorries to the city's street.

Mrs May raised the prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn-led government to appeal for Tory unity on Brexit at a meeting of the '22 on Monday night.

"This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary".

In his resignation letter, Mr Johnson did not back Mrs May to stay on as Prime Minister, while Mr Davis said she should.

"We're a hugely important country in the world still and we should have been making much more of that".

Mr Buckland said there had been a realisation that "we all hang together or we all hang separately".

"The Government have no doubt that this support will continue", it said. Matt Hancock MP, formerly the Culture Secretary, has been appointed the new Health Secretary.

He had been Attorney General - the country's chief legal officer - since 2014.

The departures raise the stakes for May, who believed that she had secured a hard-won agreement with her deeply divided cabinet of ministers on Friday to keep the closest possible trading ties with the EU. That plan is now in tatters and her political future appears uncertain.

Dominic Raab is the new Brexit Secretary, with Kit Malthouse replacing him as Housing Minister.

Shrewsbury and Atcham MP Daniel Kawczynski, who is considered one of the Conservative Party's most ardent Brexit supporters, said he had sympathy with the Prime Minister over the difficulties she faces in uniting different views.

That's what Boris Johnson wrote yesterday in his resignation letter.

The news has sparked speculation of a potential leadership challenge, and the threat of another general election.

"I think Dominic Raab will do a brilliant job of going in there and saying, 'This is what we want, are we going to get it and if not we have some alternatives'".

Johnson and Davis advocate a clean break with the European Union, known as "hard Brexit". May's decision to brief Labour lawmakers on her Brexit plan, an apparent effort to try to count on opposition votes if her own side lets her down, has infuriated euroskeptic Tories.

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